action (third-person singular simple present actions, present participle actioning, simple past and past participle actioned)
1.the process or state of acting or of being active, The machine is not in action now.
2.something done or performed; act; deed.
3.an act that one consciously wills and that may be characterized by physical or mental activity, a crisis that demands action instead of debate; hoping for constructive action by the landlord.
4.actions, habitual or usual acts; conduct, He is responsible for his actions.
5.energetic activity, a man of action.
6.an exertion of power or force, the action of wind upon a ship's sails.
7.effect or influence, the action of morphine.
8.Physiology. a change in organs, tissues, or cells leading to performance of a function, as in muscular contraction.
9.way or manner of moving, the action of a machine or of a horse.
10.the mechanism by which something is operated, as that of a gun or a piano. 1
1.a military encounter or engagement; battle, skirmish, or the like. 1
2.actual engagement in fighting an enemy; military or naval combat, He saw action in Vietnam.1
3.Literature. the main subject or story, as distinguished from an incidental episode. 1
4.Theater. an event or series of events that form part of a dramatic plot, the action of a scene.one of the three unities.Compare unity (def 8). 1
5.the gestures or deportment of an actor or speaker. 1
6.Fine Arts. the appearance of animation, movement, or emotion given to figures by their attitude, position, or expression. 1
7.Law. a proceeding instituted by one party against another. the right of bringing it. 1
8.Slang. interesting or exciting activity, often of an illicit nature, He gave us some tips on where the action was.gambling or the excitement of gambling, The casino usually offers plenty of action.money bet in gambling, especially illegally. 1
9.Ecclesiastical. a religious ceremony, especially a Eucharistic service. the canon of the Mass. those parts of a service of worship in which the congregation participates.
20.characterized by brisk or dynamic action, an action car; an action melodrama.
1.in action, performing or taking part in a characteristic act, The school baseball team is in action tonight.working; functioning, His rescuing the child was bravery in action. 2
2.out of action, removed from action, as by sudden disability, The star halfback is out of action with a bad knee.2
3.piece of the action, Informal. a share of the proceeds or profits, Cut me in for a piece of the action.2
4.take action, to start doing something, As soon as we get his decision, we'll take action.to start a legal procedure.
1.an independent agency created in 1971 to administer domestic volunteer programs.
1. the state or process of doing something or being active; operation
2. something done, such as an act or deed
3. movement or posture during some physical activity
4. activity, force, or energy, a man of action
5. (usually pl) conduct or behaviour
6. (law) a legal proceeding brought by one party against another, seeking redress of a wrong or recovery of what is due; lawsuit the right to bring such a proceeding
7. the operating mechanism, esp in a piano, gun, watch, etc
8. (of a guitar) the distance between the strings and the fingerboard
9. (of keyboard instruments) the sensitivity of the keys to touch
10. the force applied to a body, the reaction is equal and opposite to the action1
1. the way in which something operates or works1
2. out of action, not functioning1
3. (physics) a property of a system expressed as twice the mean kinetic energy of the system over a given time interval multiplied by the time interval the product of work or energy and time, usually expressed in joule seconds, Planck's constant of action 1
4. the events that form the plot of a story, film, play, or other composition1
5. (military) a minor engagement fighting at sea or on land, he saw action in the war 1
6. (philosophy) behaviour which is voluntary and explicable in terms of the agent's reasons, as contrasted with that which is coerced or determined causally1
7. (Brit) short for industrial action1
8. (informal) the profits of an enterprise or transaction (esp in the phrase a piece of the action)1
9. (slang) the main activity, esp social activity verb (transitive)
20. to put into effect; take action concerning, matters decided at the meeting cannot be actioned until the following week interjection 2
1. a command given by a film director to indicate that filming is to begin See also cue1 (sense 8) Word OriginC14, accioun, ultimately from Latin āctiōn-, stem of āctiō, from agere to do, actCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
mid-14c., "cause or grounds for a lawsuit," from Anglo-French accioun, Old French accion (12c.) "action, lawsuit, case," from Latin actionem (nominative actio) "a putting in motion; a performing, doing," noun of action from past participle stem of agere "to do" (see act (v.)). Sense of "something done, an act, deed" is late 14c. Meaning "fighting" is from c.1600. As a film director's command, it is attested from 192
3. Meaning "excitement" is recorded from 196
8. Phrase actions speak louder than words is attested from 173
In addition to the idioms beginning with action, also see, all talk and no action piece of the action swing into action The American Heritage® Idioms DictionaryCopyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. Cite This Source
She turned away, embarrassed by the rush of excitement the action had triggered.
The friendly action was the beginning of a strong relationship between my two favorite women.
The wing housed an indoor basketball court, indoor pool, a small game room, and a huge theatre room where music blared from some action movie.
The action that once terrified her now made desire bloom in anticipation of what he'd do.
"Our involvement isn't due to any aggressive action on our part," Cynthia said, turning in her seat to better answer the woman.
She spun, the action rocking her precarious balance, only to come face-to-face with the American nerd.
She froze, surprised by his action as well as the warm shock running through her.
She stamped out her cigarette in the snow before pulling a large suitcase from the small rear seat, nearly yanking off the handle and serenading the action with a chorus of curses.
Sounds like a right of action to me.
Memon snapped into action, moving across the chamber with inhuman speed.
Before she could fully comprehend the action, he casually straightened and stretched.
"I want you to see Xander in action," Damian said.
His own words are: "The chemical -action of fermentation is essentially a correlative phenomenon of a vital act, beginning and ending with it.
I define wisdom as deriving a course of action from applying a value system to a situation.
She has never since let pass an opportunity to point out the beauty that is in everything, nor has she ceased trying in thought and action and example to make my life sweet and useful.
As for the stones, many still think that they are hardly to be accounted for by the action of the waves on these hills; but I observe that the surrounding hills are remarkably full of the same kind of stones, so that they have been obliged to pile them up in walls on both sides of the railroad cut nearest the pond; and, moreover, there are most stones where the shore is most abrupt; so that, unfortunately, it is no longer a mystery to me.
Your last reports were written on the twentieth, and during all this time not only has no action been taken against the enemy or for the relief of the ancient capital, but according to your last report you have even retreated farther.
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